Bob Westerdale talks with David Simms

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David Simms, long-time official with Sheffield Steelers ice hockey club

What have you been doing today?

I’m still in depression following Steelers’ play-off exit and the end of the season. I’m behind my desk working away trying to help make us better for next year.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I don’t have an inspiration, just try to be the best I can be, to work hard and not let down people who put faith in me. I guess my dad was the best person I ever knew, I try not to let his memory down.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I am a Barry Sheene freak, love the man, the personality, I loved everything about him, still do. He is the only person I can still shed a tear over just thinking about him. My idol.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Motorcycle racing; watch it live and on the TV, used to camp out and love everything about it.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

My home number, does that count? I do have a Sky Sports show, you know. Other than that the great Scotty Bowman - top NHL coach.

When was the last time you cried?

Cleaning my car about two months ago thinking about my old man cleaning his car.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the Sheffield Steelers and what we have achieved and come through together, despite the efforts of many who have tried to derail us.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Be your own man, lead don’t follow.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I still don’t. Behind the brash person is a pretty insecure bloke. I think I do well doing things I care about.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My dad’s wedding ring.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Before my return to the Steelers, Boxing Day 2010, after a spell away; 7,000 people in the house, just before I walked to centre ice

Do you ever doubt yourself?

All the time. I second guess myself but then when I have made a decision I stick to it.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

Love them, hate them all at the same time. I have to use them now I guess but don’t think people should take them as seriously as they do.

How do you relax away from sport?

I don’t ever relax, wish I could, I can’t. I’m a nervous wreck. Heart attack in the waiting. I guess the only time I ever switch off is when Spooks is on BBC 1 and that has ended now so switching off isn’t an option.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

Portugal, was nice, was okay; wouldn’t be bothered if I did or if I didn’t. I love Dubai, been there a few times and loved the hotel. The Arabian Court, One and Only Royal Mirage. You ever get the chance, go there.

Do you cook? If so, what’s your favourite - if not ,who provides that favourite meal?

I can’t cook. I’m useless. Cheese on toast, a bit of bacon and eggs, throw a ready-made meal in the oven yes, cook properly no - wish I could but I can’t.

What was the last book you read?

I suffer with a mild form of dyslexia. So I download talking books a lot. Chris Evans was the last one I listened too, I loved it. The last book I read was Piers Morgan’s book. I like him a lot.

Tell our readers, in your own words, why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Because I have an opinion, I’m not afraid to give it. I believe I’m right. I hate political correctness and the modern way. If I do something for you I give you everything I have, if I can’t give you everything I politely say ‘sorry, I can’t do that’. If you’re honest with me, care about what your doing, you will have the best friend you can imagine having. But if you screw with my hockey club I will hunt you down and you will find no bigger enemy.

Favourite TV programme?

Spooks (then The Elite Ice Hockey Highlights show on Sky).